Alastair Campbell: Brown's ex-aide 'broke the law'

Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair's former spin doctor, has accused Damian McBride of breaking the law by leaking the content of confidential documents from government computers, raising the possibility of a police investigation, according to the Sunday Times (£).

Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair's former spin doctor pictured in 2003. Credit: Chris Young/PA

Mr Campbell branded McBride, who was Gordon Brown’s spin doctor, a “shyster” and said he “has admitted not just to venality but criminality”.

Mr Campbell said: “I think the other thing that people should be aware of is he [McBride] has admitted to criminal offences in this,”

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